I work at a plant nursery. I’m constantly outside in the heat lifting and moving light to heavy trees and shrubs. I do a lot of what might be labeled as “endurance” work along with intense lifting. For example:
- I work in the tree beds digging trenches, then “deadlifting” large trees, walking them 10 or 15 feet, and setting them down.
- I lift sod, walk with it, and put it in customers’ trucks.
- I pull heavy carts up and down a slight incline.
Those activities are listed to give you a taste of the kind of work I do all day long. Suffice to say, I’m beat when I get home! Most days I’m too tired to do any additional workout. I eat a large dinner, have a protein shake, relax for awhile, then eat some almonds or some vegetables and drink some water before I go to bed. I also eat throughout the day. My main question is: will this type of job be an adequate replacement for weight training? (I’m 5’10, 160 lbs, with about a year of training experience.)
Also, does anyone have any tips that I be might able to use in order to minimize my recovery time? Thanks in advance.